Happy Birthday UFC on FOX

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Underground Blog Guest Blogger (UBGB) Jack Brown is "The Part-Time Martial Artist," offering a full-time fan's perspective on UFC and major MMA news, developments, or hypotheticals.

In his lastest Underground Blog, he wished the UFC on FOX a very happy birthday.

 This upcoming Veterans Day weekend marks the one year anniversary of UFC on FOX 1.  I was fortunate enough to be among the 11,000 plus in attendance, on November 12, 2011, at the Honda Center, in sunny Anaheim, CA.  But this won’t be about me, the hundreds of Mexican-American fight fans I hung with, and how I finagled some sweet seats for my Huntington Beach, surfer/financial analyst, brother-in-law (though I certainly did).  I’ve given you readers enough of that lately, and though I appreciate the feedback, I don’t want you to get sick of me yet.

This is about the fighters who fought that day, and how they’ve fared since then.  This is also about the other great fights that have aired on “big” Fox during the past year.  This is about one year of the UFC on a major network.  Happy Birthday, UFC on FOX.

UFC on FOX 1: The Fighters

Though the TV audience only got to watch one fight at the inaugural event last year, there were ten fights total.  The twenty fighters who fought in these fights were an interesting cross-section of the UFC’s roster at that point in time.  Let’s look at the results of each of their fights that day and where these fighters are now.

LHW - Aaron Rosa defeated Matt Lucas via majority decision – The winner of the fight, Rosa, lost his next fight in the UFC to James Te-Huna, via TKO, at UFC on FX 2.  Rosa was subsequently released by the UFC.  The loser of the fight, Lucas, was released by the UFC after losing to Rosa in this, Lucas’ UFC debut.

WW - Mike Pierce defeated Paul Bradley via split decision – The winner of the fight, Pierce, fought three more times in the UFC over the past year.  He went 2-1, with a split decision loss to Josh Koscheck at UFC 143, followed by a unanimous decision win over Carlos Eduardo Rocha at UFC on FX 3, and then a win via knockout against Aaron Simpson at UFC on FX 5.  The loser of the fight, Bradley, was released by the UFC after losing to Pierce and going 0-2 in the UFC.

BW - Alex Caceres defeated Cole Escovedo via unanimous decision – The winner of the fight, Caceres, fought twice more in the UFC over the past year.  He went 1-1, with a split decision loss to Edwin Figueroa at UFC 143 and a submission win over Damacio Page at UFC on FUEL TV 4.  The loser of the fight, Escovedo, was released by the UFC after losing to Caceres and going 0-3 in the UFC.

FW - Mackens Semerzier defeated Robbie Peralta via TKO (later ruled a no contest due to accidental head-butt) – Semerzier had one more fight in the UFC, a submission loss to Daniel Pineda at UFC on FX 2, before he was released by the UFC with a 1-1 (1 NC) UFC record.  Peralta fought once more in the UFC during the past year.  He went 1-0 with a KO win over Jason Young at UFC on FUEL TV 5.

BW - Darren Uyenoyama defeated Norifumi Yamamoto via unanimous decision – The winner of the fight, Uyenoyama, fought once more in the UFC over the past year.  He went 1-0, beating Phil Harris via submission in a flyweight fight at UFC on FX 5.  The loser of the fight, Yamamoto, also fought once more in the UFC over the past year.  He went 1-0 with a submission win over Vaughan Lee at UFC 144.

WW - DaMarques Johnson defeated Clay Harvison via first round KO – The winner of the fight, Johnson, had three more fights in the UFC, all losses, before being released by the UFC with a 4-6 UFC record.  Johnson lost to John Maguire via submission at UFC on FUEL TV 2, then he lost to Mike Swick by KO at UFC on FOX 4, and then he lost to Gunnar Nelson via submission at UFC on FUEL TV 5.  The loser of the fight, Harvison, was released by the UFC after losing to Johnson and going 1-2 in the UFC.

FW - Ricardo Lamas defeated Cub Swanson via second round submission (submission of the night) – The winner of the fight, Lamas, fought once more in the UFC over the past year.  He went 1-0, winning a unanimous decision over Hatsu Hioki at UFC on FX 4.  The loser of the fight, Swanson, fought three more times in the UFC over the past year.  He went 3-0, with a TKO win over George Roop at UFC on FOX 2, a TKO win over Ross Pearson at UFC on FX 4, and a KO win over Charles Oliveira at UFC 152.

FW - Dustin Poirier defeated Pablo Garza via second round submission – The winner of the fight, Poirier, fought twice more in the UFC over the past year.  He went 1-1, with a submission victory over Max Holloway at UFC 143 and a submission loss to Chan Sung Jung in the main event at UFC on FUEL TV 3.  The loser of the fight, Garza, fought once more in the UFC over the past year.  He went 0-1 with a unanimous decision loss to Dennis Bermudez at UFC on FOX 3.

LW - Benson Henderson defeated Clay Guida via unanimous decision (fight of the night) – The winner of the fight, Henderson, fought twice more in the UFC over the past year.  He went 2-0, with a unanimous decision win over Frankie Edgar to win the UFC lightweight championship at UFC 144 and a split decision win over Frankie Edgar to retain the UFC lightweight championship at UFC 150.  The loser of the fight, Guida, fought once more in the UFC over the past year.  He went 0-1, with a split decision loss to Gray Maynard in the main event at UFC on FX 4.

HW - Junior Dos Santos defeated Cain Velasquez via first round KO (knockout of the night) for the UFC heavyweight championship – The winner of the fight, Dos Santos, fought once more in the UFC over the past year.  He went 1-0, with a TKO victory over Frank Mir to retain the UFC heavyweight championship at UFC 146.  The loser of the fight, Cain Velasquez, also fought once more in the UFC over the past year.  He went 1-0 as well, with a TKO victory over Antonio Siva at UFC 146.

UFC on FOX 2-4: The Fights

The UFC held three other events that were broadcast on FOX during the past year.  UFC on FOX 2, headlined by Evans vs. Davis, was held on January 28, 2012, at the United Center in Chicago, IL.  UFC on FOX 3, headlined by Diaz vs. Miller, was held on May 5, 2012, at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford NJ.  UFC on FOX 4, headlined by Shogun vs. Vera, was held on August 4, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.  Unlike UFC on FOX 1, each of these events featured multiple fights on the televised broadcast.  Below, I’ve ranked these fights based on how exciting and important I personally thought they were.  As always, since I am just a fan, I am incredibly biased.

1.    Nate Diaz defeats Jim Miller via 2nd round submission (UFC on FOX 3)
2.    Joe Lauzon defeats Jamie Varner via 3rd round submission (UFC on FOX 4)
3.    Alan Belcher defeats Rousimar Palhares via 1st round TKO (UFC on FOX 3)
4.    Lyoto Machida defeats Ryan Bader via 2nd round KO (UFC on FOX 4)
5.    Mauricio Rua defeats Brandon Vera via 4th round TKO (UFC on FOX 4)
6.    Mike Swick defeats DaMarques Johnson via 2nd round KO (UFC on FOX 4)
7.    Lavar Johnson defeats Pat Barry via 1st round TKO (UFC on FOX 3)
8.    Rashad Evans defeats Phil Davis via unanimous decision (UFC on FOX 2)
9.    Chris Weidman defeats Demian Maia via unanimous decision (UFC on FOX 2)
10.    Johny Hendricks defeats Josh Koscheck via split decision (UFC on FOX 3)
11.    Chael Sonnen defeats Michael Bisping via unanimous decision (UFC on FOX 2)

UFC on FOX 5: The Future  

On December 8, 2012, live from KeyArena in Seattle, WA, the UFC will hold their next event on FOX.  UFC on FOX 5 will be headlined by a lightweight championship fight between current champ, Benson Henderson, and challenger, Nate Diaz.  It will be Diaz’ first title fight in the UFC since his 2007 UFC debut, when he won the Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale.  The televised main card’s other three fights are also expected to be top notch.  The co-main event will feature former UFC light heavyweight champ, Mauricio Shogun Rua vs. light heavyweight contender, Alexander Gustafsson.  Another fight will be the long-awaited matchup between former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion, BJ Penn, and welterweight contender, Rory MacDonald.  And the fourth fight should be an exciting opener for the main card between veteran welterweights, Mike Swick and Matt Brown.  If everything goes as planned, this card will be the best one on FOX yet.

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11/4/12 11:05 AM by Thatsjustlikeyouropinionman

Happy B-day, hope you have fun!!!

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11/4/12 11:04 AM by chauda

Not sure who wrote this, but I kinda got confused reading after the thing about Kid Yamamoto submitting Vaughn Lee.  Wasn't Kid the one who tapped to an armbar?